Hartlepool United can carry on scoring says Sam Collins

LUKE AT HIS FACE: Luke James celebrates scoring his second goal against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID
LUKE AT HIS FACE: Luke James celebrates scoring his second goal against Notts County. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United stalwart Sam Collins believes there is no reason why the current run of winning form can’t continue especially as his teammates always look like scoring.

Pools have won seven out of their last eight matches in all competitions and go into tonight’s Johnstone’s Paints Trophy clash with Rotherham United in confident mood (kick-off 7pm).

In recent weeks Cooper’s side have scored 17 goals in their last eight outings, including three in the weekend FA Cup first round win over Notts County.

“We always look like we are going to score,” said Colilins who believes the team is reaping the rewards of buying into the vision of management team Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett.

“It started from day one with the way the gaffer and Higgy wanted everyone to play.

“Everyone has brought into those ideas, right throughout the club.”

Collins said the win over Notts County was “tough at times” but felt his teammates handled the pressure well.

The central defender added: “One of the pleasing things was that they couldn’t out-pass us so they started knocking long balls into the box.

“We dealt with it quite well, although they did get that scrappy goal near the end.

“We were a bit nervous with 10 minutes to go, wondering if they were going to get another chance, but I thought we saw the game out well.”

The 36-year-old Yorkshireman, who has made six appearances this term, was drafted into the centre of defence in place of the suspended Christian Burgess.

But the on-loan Middlesbrough defender will return to the squad for this evening’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match at home to Rotherham United (KO 7pm).

And Collins sees no reason why the current run of form shouldn’t continue.

Collins, who is also overseeing the club’s reserve team, said: “Everyone is working so hard every single day and it isn’t just the lads that are starting, it is those coming off the bench and doing well and the reserves, in my opinion, have improved massively this year.”